EBRD-FAO Framework



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18 Jun 2021

Project Description

The Bank has a long established relationship with the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in the form of an Memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in 1994. To operationalise the MoU, a Framework Agreement for Operational Services (the FA) was signed in October 1997. Under the FA, the EBRD contracts FAO for specific TC assignments and policy dialogue projects in the Agribusiness sector.

Previous work under the FA a ensured the continuity of (i) EBRD work in SEMED countries, which exhibit high food security needs; (ii) implementation of the EBRD’s Private Sector for Food Security Initiative, whose projects focus on upgrading food quality standards; improving the investment climate through policy dialogue and reform; and fostering inclusive and sustainable value chains; and (iii) activities under EBRD’s GET approach which promote efficiency & innovation in the use of energy, water & materials, as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The joint work with the FAO through the FA is supporting other areas of the EBRD’s engagement, such as fostering innovation and the knowledge economy in the agribusiness sector; supporting producers’ organisations, cooperatives and SMEs towards inclusive growth as part of strong value chains; & promoting environmental sustainability in agricultural systems to accelerate green transition.

Assignment rationale

In 2018, the Bank initiated the TC project “Digital technologies for agriculture” to carry out a review of digital technologies as applied to grain value chain in Ukraine, retail value chain in Turkey and Horticulture and e-commerce in Serbia. Studies were carried out for each of the sectors to identify key enablers/constraints to adopt digital agriculture technologies, and options and mechanisms for EBRD to support investment in digital agriculture technologies and their outreach and uptake.

For the grain value chain in Ukraine, specifically, the study has identified the levels of precision agriculture technology adoption depending on farm size.  About 80% of the Ukrainian farmers who farm on more than 500 ha are interested in adopting precision agriculture (PAT) and other in innovative technologies in grain production. At the same time, investment costs in PAT in grain farming increase considerably with the level of precision and technology accuracy.  Farmers also lack awareness about new technologies and their impact on productivity as well as their substantial environmental benefits thanks to lower need for fertilizers and plant protection chemical use. The study concluded that informing the market could support digitalization of the sector and promote adoption of sustainable technologies. This assignment will extend the project to meet this need.

TC Services

The scope of this assignment is summarised in the below table:

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Value chain a/ b/

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Earth observation; precision agriculture; blockchain


Horticulture, e-commerce

Digital technologies in horticulture, precision agriculture; fintech; e-commerce


Retail or food packaging

Smartphone-based services; blockchain; fintech; e-commerce

  1. Where needed, update the existing analytical work on pre-selected value chains in terms technical, policy and marketing aspects;
  2. Mobilize existing policy dialogue platforms including producers, processors, traders, intermediaries, policy makers and
  3. Within this policy platform, pre-select relevant digital technologies for the development of the value chain
  4. Accordingly add developer/providers of the selected technologies to the policy dialogue platform;
  5. Carry out digital technologies assessment at value chain level in order to identify key enablers/constraints to adopt the selected digital agriculture technologies according to supply (technology providers), demand (value chain actors at large) and regulatory framework (government) aspects;
  6. Validate the results of the assessment of digital technologies with the stakeholder group and agree on a course of action with a clear and shared result framework for digital technologies to be adopted
  7. Elaborate a concise report generated from the above process that will highlight the main options and mechanisms for EBRD to support investment in digital agriculture technologies and their outreach and uptake according to pre-defined countries and value chains.
  8. Introduce regular crop production technology monitoring system in Ukraine to assess productivity and environmental footprint, develop methodology, create a baseline and a database for such monitoring, conduct field scouting to source data ,  integrate the EX-ACT tool into assessment and disseminate results on technology adoption and use in agriculture.
  9. Support digital transformation in agricultural trade in Ukraine by promoting the adoption of the electronic phytosanitary certificates (e-Phyto) and providing required technical assistance to the government, specifically on the integration of the national electornic phytosanitary system (currently under development) into the IPPC’s ePhyto Solution

The Bank is the main beneficiary of this assignment.

Understanding Transition

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

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